The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Alisa Lasater Wailoo

Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 01/18/2019

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God of love and truth, thank You for each servant in the people's House, Members and staff alike, and all they sacrifice to serve.

On the eve of Dr. King's holiday, fill us with the faith of Your servant Martin when he proclaimed, "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word..."

So Lord, disarm us today. Help us hand over our weapons of word and action that intend to wound our perceived opponents. Then help us hear the deep truths of all our constituents, especially the most vulnerable among us, and of Your children in need around the world.

Remove the conditions we impose on what we believe is possible so that today Your unconditional love will lead us not only to a just resolution of the shutdown and the end of the pain it is causing, but to becoming a country and a globe that looks more like Your kingdom, so that we, like Dr. King, leave this world better because of our courageous actions today. Amen.

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